February 28, 2013

February 2013 in Pictures

Be sure to check out our February Family Update.

 This was the tiny amount of snow we had.
It was enough to make a tiny snowman.
 tLG was pretty fascinated with the icicles. 
 Me and Kelly at our No Boys Allowed Party
 Skylar & Ruby girl
 Guess who was the last one awake. 
 Some of our party people.
 Friendship Bracelet tags for Valentine's Day
 Date Night
She's fierce!
 The Tag-Team Duo
 Staci Bishop, HCHD (hypno-doula certification)
 Keeping it classy for the Oscars!

February 2013 Update

We are winding down winter (hurray) and my favorite groundhog said that spring would come early. So far, he hasn't exactly been right (boo). Either way, I have hope because daylight saving time is just a meer 10 days away, not that I'm counting or anything.

The first day of February brought a dusting of snow. Thankfully, that's the most we have seen this year! We were able to scoop enough off of the fence to build a teeny, tiny snowman. We also had a birthday party that weekend and tLG got to try out skating. She LOVED it! This fancy little contraption helped her to be independent and she scooted all around the place.

We really kicked things off this month with our 3rd annual No Boys Allowed Party. This little event has grown over the years. It started out as a party of 2, just me and tLG, but this year we had over 15. It was So. Much. Fun! As usual, we had snacks and baked cookies. The younger girls built a fort that spanned wall-to-wall in my bedroom and everybody joined in on the dance party. There was a pillow fight, minimal sleeping (mine was the last one asleep - shocker!), and we even had a cute little boy crash our party late in the evening! In the morning there was an art show with some pretty nifty creations. I think the highlight of the whole shin-dig was piling up pillows and stuffed animals and the bean bag and pretty much anything else soft on the landing of the stairs. The girls all took turns jumping from the top and landing in the heap of fluff. Other than my child turning into a cranky, blubbering mess for about 30 minutes (partying is hard work) I would say that it was a hit and I can't wait to do it again next year. Click here for the video montage. While we were busy partying it up, hubby was away camping and rock climbing with the boys. Pretty sure they can't wait to do their adventure again too.

This was a big month for Mike at work as they had the annual Boat Show at Bass Pro. It's really a shame that they don't pay on commission. Mike had boats flying out the door and actually won 2 store contests for sales. He was also privileged to attend the conference to celebrate the 40h anniversary of the Wildlife Turkey Federation and got to dine with the founder of Bass Pro. Seriously, WTF! Get it?? Wildlife Turkey Federation. Bahaha! :)

Mike and tLG are still going strong at Tae Kwon Do. They love it! Both have learned and mastered 2 patterns as well as a set of kicking drills. They will be able to test to earn their next belt at the beginning of April.

I had one client deliver this month and I also received notice that I passed my certification test to become a Hypno-Doula. Yay! With that behind me, I'm now moving forward with some training in herbs and essential oils specifically geared for birth professionals.

Mike & I were also able to see one of my favorite musicians, Lindsey Stirling. I truly thought I was the only one who knew about this girl. Her style is really unique. It's a cross between classical and hip-hop. I listen to it quite a bit while I work because there aren't any lyrics to distract me. Well, apparently I'm not the only one who likes her. It was a sold-out, packed crowd with standing room only at The Mercy Lounge. I really enjoyed the show. She's a little ball of energy and the music sounded just as good live, better really, than it does on Pandora!

And, naturally, I capped off the end of February with the Oscars. Oh, how I do love Award's Show season. If I'm being honest, the ONLY Oscar-nominated movie I had seen was Brave. Me and The Academy have differing tastes. I'm all about the fashion. Clearly, I like to keep it classy with my wine and takeout pizza. LOL! :)

That's it for now. Don't forget to check out our month in photos.

February 6, 2013

Meet tLG

Maybe you are new to my blog. Maybe we are new friends, especially in the Facebook world. So, you are probably wondering.... "Who or what is tLG? What does that stand for? What does it mean?"

tLG is my daughter, Skylar.

It's a long story. Well, not really. It's a nickname that was developed out of pure laziness and a tiny bit of protective mothering on my part. The short version is that tLG stands for "the Little Girl" and I simply got tired of typing out all those letters. Besides, Twitter only gives you so many characters. I needed something quick and easy. And because I was blogging I wanted something that would protect her identity. I still frequently use her real name when blogging so that motivation is kind of obsolete at this point. Therefore, the true motivation really was a result of my laziness. Thus, tLG was created.

When Skylar was born, we frequently referred to her as Baby Girl and if I was texting with someone or Yahoo instant messaging (remember that - wow!) I would frequently abbreviate with BG. For example.....

  • BG has been crazy fussy today.
  • Up all night with BG. She's quite the party animal. 
  • Seriously, how many poopy diapers can BG have in one day?!

For the record, BG was a high-maintenance baby, but I think you get the point of the abbreviating.

Well, Baby Girl grew up and she wasn't a baby any more much to my protest. She talked very early and we had full on conversations about me wanting her to always be my baby. She was having none of that. Around age 3, she finally agreed to stay little forever. I kid you not, I seriously talked her into it. Apparently, that was more appealing than being my baby. Being a "big girl" was, well, a big deal. Granted, she continues to grow but I still remember that conversation fondly.

With the baby years firmly behind us, I began to refer to her as Little Girl. I should note here that when we pronounce little girl, it's kind of comes out with a southern-ghetto feel. Mike and I adore the Madea movies so the following clip may help you get an idea of how this rolls off my tongue. You only have to make it about 38 seconds in before you hear her say "lil' gurl".

I threw around Missy Prissy a couple of times but Little Girl is what stuck and then tLG just kind of stuck. I specifically leave the "t" for "the" lowercase because it's not technically part of her nickname. I truly have no idea why I refer to her in a third-person kind of way. I'm just quirky like that. Here's the first post I ever made using my abbreviation.

The problem is that most of my "virtual" friends have come to know her as tLG and call her T-L-G. I think it's catchy! Sometimes they even call her T-L-G to her face. Except that she has NO IDEA what they are talking about. LOL! She is clueless that she has an "online" name. She knows that I call her Little Girl but she hasn't made the connection that tLG is an abbreviation of her name. It cracks me up!

It's happened several times that someone has asked, "Does your mom call you, T-L-G?" and she gives an adamant "NO!" with a dumbfounded look as to why they would even ask such ridiculousness. She's a mess, ya'll! Oh how I love her so.

But it is what it is and she is tLG whether she realizes it or not.

...and now you know. :)